Gradually, as laborers saved their money to leave the fields, fish markets, mom-and- pop shops and restaurants opened along Front Street. Pioneer Hotel, which was the first and only hotel in Lahaina from 1901 to 1963, set up a movie theater. Life was peaceful and work was hard, but everyone knew each other and neighbors took care of one another.
The Plantation Museum celebrates the family lives and times of West Maui’s plantation era. This small storefront space in the upper level of The Wharf Cinema Center at 658 Front Street features nicely displayed heirlooms, appliances and tools from plantation camps and family homes in Lahaina as well as a poignant video, “The Last Harvest.” The exhibit includes a wall of black & white photos depicting the pineapple and sugar plantation lifestyle.
Created from the popularity of Lahaina’s Plantation Days event and updated with support from the Lahaina community, the Plantation Museum is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm. Admission is free.